Ticket Fines and Penalties in North Dakota
Traffic ticket fines are uniform throughout the counties, but may vary within each municipality. If you have questions regarding the fine (or bond, as it's called in North Dakota) amount, call the presiding court listed on your citation.
If you've lost your ticket, learn what do in our Lost Traffic Ticket section.
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)
- Pay the fine
- Option to plea bargain penalties
- Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation)
- Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates
- Possible option to attend driver training course and reduce points
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Auto Insurance Rate Increase
Depending on the policies of your car insurance company, you may also be penalized with higher insurance premiums. You can always counter a rate increase by shopping around online and comparing car insurance rates of potential new providers.
In addition to traffic ticket fines, there are also penalties. Depending on the severity of the violation, points will be added to your driving record and your ND driver's license may be suspended or revoked.
The state will assign points to your driving record following a traffic violation. Point amounts range from 1 to 24. The more serious the violation, the higher the points. The state will remove 1 point for every 3 months you drive without being issued a traffic citation. You also have the option to have points removed by completing a state-approved driver training course.
Driver's License Suspension or Revocation
Should you lose your driving privileges, it's always good to know the difference between a suspended and a revoked driver's license:
Suspended License― The temporary loss of your ND driver's license. Reinstatement requirements are dependent on the reason behind the suspension.
Revoked License―The termination of your North Dakota driver's license. Once the revocation period has ended, you must reapply for a new driver's license. This requires retaking the knowledge and skill tests.
Here are just a few violations that will cost your driving privileges:
- 12 or more points on your driving record
- Reckless driving
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Fleeing from law enforcement in a motor vehicle
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
Learn more by reading the North Dakota Driver's Handbook.
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